Which is a better new home exterior siding type, Vinyl or Fiber Cement?
How to Choose Your New Home Exterior in North Carolina
1. Vinyl Exteriors
Vinyl exterior siding is usually composed of PVC (polyvinyl chloride).
Vinyl siding is popular because it is:
- Cost effective
- Available in a wide variety of colors, tones, and thicknesses (with thickness being one factor of overall cost)
- Easily "dressed up" with accents like Shakes and Board/Batt
2. Fiber Cement Exteriors
Fiber cement is another popular choice for North Carolina new homes.
Fiber cement siding is sought after because it is:
-designed to mimic the look and feel of wood grain
- stronger than traditional wood siding and able to withstand the elements (weather, heat, termites)
- able to be painted in an infinite array of colors
Fiber Cement siding does require much more regular maintenance than vinyl siding, including full repainting.
Fiber cement siding accents can come in many different shapes and styles (such as Board and Batt and Shake).
Some communities with an HOA require fiber cement siding on all new homes, so check with the neighborhood HOA or your builder for specific restrictions.